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YouTravel.me uses a laid-back approach to small group travel that feels more like exploring the world with old friends than anything else. Our less-restricting itineraries mean spontaneous, fun-filled opportunities to capture the best of what every spot along the way has to offer.
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OUR MISSION
To inspire people to discover new destinations and empower them to travel with new friends.
OUR VALUES
No one in the world is a foreigner
Every person deserves a better journey. We strive to help people travel without any boundaries and regardless of bureaucracy. We believe that we live on planet Earth, and not in any country.
Simplification through technology
We focus on technology that would make traveler's life easier. Our algorithms help people across the world find, book, and enjoy the best small group tours arranged by locals.
Human approach
We believe that all people are able and willing to contribute fully. We value and embrace our differences. We inspire each other and allow everyone to achieve high results, set standards, and solve complex problems. It is very difficult to find really good friends in adulthood. Going through new experiences and emotions together, people become truly close friends.
Striving for excellence
We are determined to be the best by making meaningful changes. We have a desire to change the current state of affairs for the better. We strive to improve and successfully develop in the active travel market.
OUR STORY
It all started from our own experience
The founders of YouTravel.me, Olga and Ivan, have always traveled on their own and visited more than 35 countries, planning detailed itineraries with visits to secret and undiscovered places. But everything changed one day. They faced all the disadvantages that could be on the trip: flight delay, guide's endless deceptions, who also took advantage of the fact that they did not know the Chinese language. After returning from the worst trip in their life, they started looking for a service that collects interesting itineraries for travelers to use next time. There was no such service.

This is how the dream was born - to make a service, where everyone can find a unique journey for themselves, meet new friends, and experience local flavors. They did not attract investments at the very first stages and invested their own money to make their dream come true.

Now 50+ people are working at YouTravel.me, making thousands of travelers happy.
OUR TEAM

Co-Founders team

Olga Bortnikova
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Ian Bortnikov
Founder & Chief Commercial Officer
Evan Mikheev
Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Leadership team

Helen
Head of Customer Success
Sveta
Head of Supply
Andy
Head of Content
Xenia
Head of People
Vito
Sales manager
Rachel
Head of Finance
Mark
Head of Mobile
Photo by Oliver
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